She dreamed of a jar of magical cream whose contents smoothed away every blemish, each spot and wrinkle. When she saw herself in the mirror, the face reflected was completely flawless, like a painting of a beautiful woman by a rather unimaginative artist. Gone were the worry lines etched by loving concern. Also gone were the lines of frustrated patience delved in the trenches of motherhood. Not a trace remained of the joys and sorrows of a lifetime of loving, struggling and overcoming. It was like the face of a doll – lovely, but without a soul. Devoid of any human imperfections, it had ceased to be attractive and was now merely decorative and easily dismissed. In horror, she dropped the jar and covered her face with her hands. This empty soul-less beauty was grotesque on a living being. She wept as she realized that true beauty doesn’t come from the lack of imperfections. It comes from the light and life of the person inside shining past every line and scar and making the individual unique, alive, and real. When she awoke to the morning sun and looked in the bathroom mirror at her own face – spots, wrinkles and all – she smiled and said, “Forget perfect. It’s over-rated. Let’s just focus on being real. Be yourself. Love other people. And hey, let’s quit spending so much time looking at each other!”
Abba Father, thank You for being the One who will present us to Yourself blameless and perfected. Thank you that though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being made new. You are amazing! Your love is astonishing. Help us see others, as well as ourselves, through Your eyes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“…as Christ loved the church. He gave up His life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to Himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.” Ephesians 5:25b -27 (New Living Translation)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (New International Version)